To open the home portion of its 2019-20 schedule, the No. 8-ranked Ashland University women's basketball team routed Findlay, 108-59, on Thursday (Nov. 14) night at Kates Gymnasium.
The Eagles improve to 3-0 on the young season, with all three victories coming in-region, while the Oilers are 2-1.
"I thought our team played like a team that is on a mission," said Ashland head coach Kari Pickens. "That was fun to see. I thought our defense forced havoc, and allowed us to get easy points off transition.
"I thought we took a really big step forward today."
Thursday's victory was the Eagles' 30th all-time against Findlay (30-17), and Ashland has won 12 of the last 14 meetings.
THE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
- Ashland raced out to a 14-3 lead in the game's first 3½ minutes, and by the end of the first quarter, the Eagles boasted a 30-11 advantage, as they made 11-of-19 tries from the field.
- Continuing its early dominance, Ashland scored the second quarter's first 15 points to extend the lead to 45-11. By halftime, the Eagles' advantage had widened to 61-20 – as AU shot 57.1 percent from the floor and kept the Oilers to just 28 percent. Ashland had 22 assists on its 24 made shots in the first 20 minutes.
- By the end of the third period, Ashland led 88-37, and its field-goal percentage had risen to 58.3, and its 3-point field-goal percentage was at 61.9 percent.
- Four Eagles scored in double figures, paced by senior guard Jodi Johnson's 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field. With 1,720 career points, Johnson is the fourth player in program history to go past the 1,700-point mark.
- Senior forward Sara Loomis, the reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division Player of the Week, went for 20 points and 10 rebounds. In her last five games dating back to the end of last season, Loomis has posted 119 points and 66 rebounds, and she now has 1,022 career points, good for 22nd on Ashland's all-time scoring list.
- Senior guard Renee Stimpert dished out 11 assists in the victory, and becomes the first player in program history with at least 650 in a career (653).
"Shout out to my teammates. They are scoring buckets," Stimpert said. "They're putting the ball in the hoop, and we're winning, so I'm happy."
- Ashland is averaging 102.7 points per game, and has scored at least 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 10 and 12.
- As a team, the Eagles dished out 36 assists on 43 made field goals – one helper shy of the school record of 37, set on Feb. 10, 2018 vs. Ferris State. Ashland hit 57.3 percent from the floor and 53.6 percent from downtown, while keeping the Oilers to 36.8 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from distance.
- Findlay turned the ball over 29 times, leading to 34 Eagle points.
- The Eagles had a decided 41-30 rebounding advantage.
"I've been very pleased with it," Pickens said of her team's rebounding through the season's first three outings. "I love how well-rounded it is, not just one player getting rebounds."
- Ashland has won 249 of its last 276 games overall (.902), and 133 of its last 143 contests at "The Kates" (.930).
- The Eagles have won their last 27 November games.
The second of three consecutive home games on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. vs. another regional rival, Lewis (1-1).